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3 Ways the Gurugrid Improves Your Balance

Finding equilibrium in yoga can be highly challenging. Some poses ask a lot from us in terms of strength, flexibility, and concentration.  Here are 3 ways the Gurugrid can help you achieve serene balance where you previously only found frustrating wobbles.    1 - DRISHTIS Drishti is simply directing your gaze to a specific point in a slightly unfocused way. This method helps to keep your eyes from wandering and from focussing too sharply on one point, ultimately helping you direct your focus inward and on your pose.  The Gurugrid presents you with lots of focal points, depending on what pose you are doing. You can look directly on your mat at one of the lotus flowers or you can look at one of...

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Transitioning Between Poses

The more I see the Gurugrid out in its natural habitat (the yoga class), the more I see what an essential part of yoga it has become. I love to drop into new yoga classes to see how the mat will work in different styles of yoga. As usual, I learned something new.  I know I am not supposed to be looking around during yoga, but I honestly can’t help it, now that it has become my life’s mission to help improve the practice of yogis everywhere! I noticed that we were all set up with our feet at hip-width in Mountain, but soon as we transitioned to lunge, many people in the class placed their feet in one line...

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The 11 Components of a Yoga Pose

I don't want to freak you out, but a yoga pose is way more complex than you think. There are 11 components or systems at work in each yoga pose. I freaked you out, didn't I? Not to worry - you don’t need to be actively working on, or thinking of all 11. If you work on performing your pose to the best of your ability and avoid incorrect positioning, posture, and alignment, the rest will come naturally. This is one of the main reasons I invented the Gurugrid. If we reduce the time spent on the most easily corrected (12th) component – placement on the mat, we will have more time and energy to dedicate to the 11 other,...

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Breathing is an integral and often overlooked part of yoga. Pranayama, Kapalbhati, Ujjaya, Lion’s Breath, and Breath of Fire each have their own purpose and benefits. I would like to share with you, my experience and thoughts on Ujjaya breathing. Ujjaya breathing is the technique most commonly used throughout the entire yoga class. The inhale and exhale (usually to a count of 5) guide the duration and rhythm of each asana and the transitions in between. It lasts throughout the entire class and it is very easy to lose track of. However, if you pay attention to it, Ujjaya breathing has the ability to connect you with transformational energy within you and around you. Remember that yoga is thousands of years...

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Is Your Side Plank Positioned Properly?

Your arm should be positioned directly under your shoulder in Side Plank to get the most out of this pose and to avoid strain on your shoulder joint. How do you know if your arm is placed properly in relation to your shoulder joint and body? 2 ways 1) Measure the distance between your shoulder and heels. You can do this with a measuring tape, or by laying down on your Gurugrid mat. Once you plot these 2 points, you have your placement points for your hand and heel. or  2) Have your yoga teacher check your pose for correct positioning and make any adjustments. You can be sure that you have found your placement points. :) The same thing goes...

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